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Leonard Brooks Merriam

Birthplace: Houlton, Aroostook County, Maine, United States
Death: September 25, 1923 (89)
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lewis Merriam and Mary Ann Merriam
Husband of Susan S Jones
Brother of Maj. Gen. Henry C. Merriam (USA); Augusta Josephine Merriam; Lucy Hatstadt Merriam; Maj. Lewis M. Merriam (USA); Norman James Merriam and 4 others

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About Mus. Leonard Brooks Merriam (USA)

L. B. MERRIAM, a pioneer of 1881, is a native of Maine, born August 3, 1835. He received an academic education, then engaged in lumbering. He became very extensively interested in that business, erecting several large mills. On October 5, 1861, he enlisted as musician in the First Maine Cavalry, but on the 25th of August of the following year, he was mustered out. Congress having passed an act discharging all military bands. He then returned home and resumed his former occupation, doing a large and prosperous business until 1881, when he sold out and came to Spokane. Upon arriving here he entered the employ of D.W. Small, a contractor in lumber and ties for the Northern Pacific Railroad, as bookkeeper, but two years later he purchased an interest with Mr. Small and they erected a sawmill above Rathdrum. Idaho, and did log contracting for the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1885 this plant was burned down, the loss being about fifty thousand dollars. The next year Mr. Merriam was appointed, by the United States government, engineer in the construction of a fort at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. The work completed, he returned to Spokane in 1890 and became a partner of A. M. Cannon in the lumber and lime business. They located on Pend d 'Oreille lake, built a steamer and continued in business two years. At the end of that time Mr. Merriam came back to Spokane and went to work at his trade, the jewelry business, and he has continued in that line ever since, his present location being 104 Howard street. He is quite extensively interested in mining, being a member of the Erie Consolidated Mining Company, which operates on the north fork of the Salmon river in British Columbia, and has some good paying properties.

Fraternally he is identified with J. L. Reno Post, No. 47, G. A. R., of Spokane. Mr. Merriam is one of the enterprising and successful business men of the city, and in his extensive lumbering ventures he has displayed a talent for handling large concerns and large crews of men rarely equaled. He was married in Maine, in November, 1856. to Miss Susan Jones, a native of that state, and they have four children: Charles H., an attorney; Frank L. ; Willis H., also an attorney; and Una F. Charles and Frank were through the Philipine war with Company L, First Washington Volunteers. Mr. Merriam is a brother of the well-known General H. C. Merriam.

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Mus. Leonard Brooks Merriam (USA)'s Timeline

August 1834
Houlton, Aroostook County, Maine, United States
September 25, 1923
Age 89
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States